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The First Time That Iron Man Wielded the Infinity Gauntlet

Throughout Marvel history, there has been a number of notable weapons that are inherently designed to be used by just one or two people. As you might imagine, then, writers will always find a way to give a story a boost by having a whole other character also use that weapon. The most notable example, of course, is Thor's hammer, as it is always fascinating to see who is worthy of wielding Mjolnir.

Another example, though, is the Infinity Gauntlet. It is interesting to see how different heroes would fare if they were tempted with ultimate power. Let us look to see what Iron Man did when he was first given the chance to wield all of the Infinity Stones (which were previously called the Infinity Gems).

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It all started in the 2007 miniseries, New Avengers: Illuminati by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed, Jimmy Cheung and Mark Morales. After revealing the existence of the Illuminati in New Avengers, the secret group of superheroes who sort of controlled the Marvel Universe from behind the scenes, Bendis gave the group a whole series to show off the actions that they had been taking behind the scenes all of these years.

Behind the stunning Cheung cover for #2, we know that one of their adventures involved the Infinity Gauntlet...

Mister Fantastic revealed to the other members of the group (Iron Man, Professor X, Namor, Doctor Strange and Black Bolt) that She-Hulk had given him the Power Gem for safekeeping after defeating Titania (who had been using the Power Gem to make herself stronger than She-Hulk). Once he had the Power Gem, he decided that he should try to put the Infinity Gauntlet together to try to destroy it...

So the group sets off to collect the various other gems...

In the end, though, once they have collected the gems and Reed has the Infinity Gauntlet, he discovers that he is unable to actually destroy the Gauntlet. Instead, he decides to split the gems up among the six members of the Illuminati, with each man having to promise not to tell the others where he hid the gem that he was responsible for (granted, it is kind of weird to do that around a guy like Charles Xavier who could just read your mind, but let's assume that the others thought of that problem and came up with solutions for it)....

A few years later, in the relaunched Avengers series by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White, the villainous Parker Robbins (the criminal mastermind once known as The Hood) decides to try to find the Infinity Gems himself to replace the magical powers he lost at the end of the crossover, Siege.

In Avengers #7, he finds the Reality Gem and that helps him find the Power Gem. The Red Hulk comes across Robbins and this is the perfect opportunity for Robbins to test the Power Gem...

The next few issues are a race against time as the Red Hulk warns the Avengers of Robbins' plan and the heroes have to try to keep him from uniting the Infinity Gems.

At the end of Avengers #11, it appears as though Thanos has shown up to get involved, but the beginning of the next issue makes it clear that it was a trick by the Avengers to wrest some of the Gems from Robbins' hands!

He is then attacked by the Red Hulk using one of the recovers gems, the Power Gem...

Robbins is down to just the Reality Gem when he is confronted by Iron Man, who has put the other Gems together into the Infinity Gauntlet! When Robbins tries to use the Reality Gem to stop this, he is done in by the fact that Gems sort of call to each other and so Iron Man's Infinity Gauntlet is complete!

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Robbins turns the tables a bit on the collected heroes by calling them hypocrites for judging him for doing everything he could to return his powers. He claims that the rest of them would do just the same if the situations were reversed. He also mocks Iron Man, challenging him on whether Iron Man has the will to wield the Infinity Gauntlet...

Iron Man contemplates all of the things he could do with the ultimate power. He could end all war and strife on Earth, but he realizes that to do so would ultimately rob the world of its free will. He has to let humanity find his own path. At the same time, he also believes that it is not right to use the Infinity Gauntlet to see his dead father or his lost teammate, the Wasp (as it turned out, she wasn't actually dead, but he didn't know that at the time - perhaps he wasn't quite as omniscient as he expected), but instead, he finds a way to fight past those temptations...

Instead, he does just two things. He sends Robbins back to prison and he causes the Infinity Gauntlet to disappear...

Of course, we all read the New Avengers: Illuminati issue, so we know that Reed Richards tried to do the same thing and failed. Does Iron Man seriously have a stronger will than Reed Richards? Could he succeed where Mister Fantastic failed?

Nope, he just pretended to destroy the Infinity Gauntlet. Instead, he brought the Gauntlet back to the Illuminati's headquarters where the remaining members of the Illuminati divvy up the Gems again.

Only Black Bolt was also presumed dead at this point in time, so in a major twist, the group loops Steve Rogers into the conspiracy and entrusts him with Black Bolt's Gem.

Of course, as you might imagine, the team finds itself forced to put the Infinity Gauntlet back together again a few years later, as once you introduce something as cool as the Infinity Gauntlet into your comic book universe, you are bound to want to use it as often as you can without totally ruining the unique aspect of the weapon.

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